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Have Loads of Family Fun at the Santa Ana Zoo!

If you are looking for a fun and educational kid friendly things to do in Orange County, consider visiting the Santa Ana Zoo. At this zoo, you and your family can learn all about the plants and animals that call Central and South America home. Head down to the Santa Zoo and see what they have in store for you today!

The Santa Ana Zoo has recently opened a brand new exhibit called Tierra de la Pampas. At this multi-species exhibit, you can get close to animals such as anteaters, guanacos, and rheas. These animals are some of the most extinct species in the entire world. In this exhibit, visitors can access special walkways and viewing areas that will make you feel as though you are a part of the space as opposed to being on the outside looking in. If you get tired of walking around, hitch a ride on the Zoofari Express that has been on the grounds since 1999. In this fun train, travel through the zoo on this exciting 6 ½ minute ride. If you want to learn more about the farms in the Orange County area, stop by the Crean Family Farm. Here, you can learn more about farming in the area, feed sheep and goats, and even try your hand at milking a replica cow! Feeding is not available on all days so be sure to call in advance to make sure it is available on the day you will be visiting.

The Santa Ana Zoo is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years. The zoo is open from 10am – 4pm and the grounds close at 5pm. General admission to the zoo is $10, seniors 60+ get in for $7, and children 3-12 get in for $7. If you attend the zoo Monday through Friday after 2pm (excluding holidays), then adult tickets are $6, seniors tickets are $4, and Children tickets are $4. For more information call 714.836.4000 or visit

Bring the whole family to the Santa Ana Zoo and see the new Ocelot Exhibit!
1801 E Chestnut Ave
Santa Ana, CA

Catch an exciting Live Show at Knott’s!

Knott’s Berry Farms is one of the best theme parks in Southern California. Not only does it offer fun rides for the whole family to enjoy, it is also more affordable than other amusement parks in the area. Aside from fun attractions, Knott’s Berry Farm also has a number of live shows that are entertaining for the whole family. Here’s a quick guide to some shows that you won’t want to miss during your time at Knott’s Berry Farm.

There is a brand new Ice Show entitled, Blockbuster Beagle. Watch Snoopy and his Peanuts friends “go Hollywood” as the excitement of Hollywood is brought to you in this new and exciting ice-skating adventure. Do you or your kids enjoy watching extreme sports? If so, Vertical Impact is the show for you. In this new show, watch talented athletes perform in this high energy show set to Top 20 songs. Watch BMX bikers, skaters, trampoline stunts, aerialists, and dancers perform. Looking for a laugh? If so, then don’t miss out on Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. In this side splitting and knee-slapping comedy show, you’ll be treated to some good old-fashioned country fun. If you are instead looking for some good music to listen to, don’t miss out on the Ghost Town Miners as they sing the best bluegrass music you’ve heard. This summer, Knott’s Berry Farm has also invited some of the most popular salsa bands in the area to heat up Fiesta Plaza stage. All are invited to join in on the salsa dancing!

Tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm can purchased at the door or online. A single day general admission ticket is $47 and a single day general admission ticket for children and seniors is $37. If you’ll be buy ahead, you can save by purchasing the 3 Day Advance Single Day ticket for only $42. Get to the park quicker and avoid traffic by booking a room in one of the places to stay close to Knott’s Berry Farm. For more infomation or to buy tickets to Knott’s, visit

Knott's Berry Farm doesn't only have awesome rides. There are also many great live shows at the Park!
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA

Let your Child’s Imagination run free at the Bowers Kidseum!

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to get your kids interested in learning something new? It can sometimes be hard to get your kids to get excited about a day spent at the museum, but the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is looking to change all of that. They have recently created a brand new Kidseum – a part of the museum that is made specifically for kids! Here, they get to engage in hands on learning activities and learn something new all while having fun! Come visit the new Kidseum at the Bowers Museum today!

The mission of the Kidseum is “Igniting imagination through exploration”. At the Kidseum, your kids will experience hands on learning through exciting archeological digs and the creative arts. If they have ever wondered what it is like to excavate for bones or historical artifacts, now is their chance. They will learn the proper protocol and science that is at work during a real archeological dig. Afterward, they’ll have to opportunity to get their hands dirty as they work on an excavation site. They will even get to classify and identify all the artifacts that they have found. Aside from the fun archaeology they get to be a part of, they will also get to engage in fun face painting! They can learn about different designs from all over the world such as Egyptian cheetahs or fire-breathing dragons! At the Kidseum, your children will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize how much they’ve learned.

Kidseum is open to children of all ages and is perfect for those staying in a family-friendly hotel in Orange County. General admission for children 2 and up is $6 and children 2 and under get in for FREE. Face painting will take place all day and there will be fun live storytelling taking place in the Story Room from 11am – 11:30am and again from 1:30pm – 2pm. The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. For more information visit or call 714.567.3600

The Bowers Kidseum is a perfect place for kids to play as they learn about art and culture.
Santa Ana, CA


Have a Magical Blast on the Best Rides at Disneyland!

It is no surprise that Disneyland is known as the most magical place on Earth. From the musical parades to the opportunities to meet your favorite Disney characters, there is magic waiting around every corner. Of course, one of the best things about Disneyland is all of the fun attractions! Here is a list of some of the best rides at Disneyland that you shouldn’t miss out on the next time you visit the park!

The Jungle Cruise is not your typical fast paced attraction. Located in Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise puts you on a boat as you explore lush jungle environments as you travel down river. Led by a hilarious skipper, prepare yourself for cheesy jokes and silly commentary. The Jungle Cruise is a great ride to go on when you’d like to take a little break while enjoying some scenery.

If you are looking for something more upbeat, than Indiana Jones Adventure is just for you. Join Indiana Jones as you explore a forbidden temple. You’ll be riding along in a four-wheel drive vehicle and be sure to buckle up because you’re in for a bumpy ride! This ride is located in Adventureland and by the end up of it, you’ll be an adventurer just like Indiana Jones!

Peter Pan’s Flight is the perfect ride for a quick nostalgic trip down memory lane. From an English bedroom, you’re transported to the wonderful world of Never Land – all with the help of a little magic of course. Listen along to the classic song, “You Can Fly” and join Peter Pan on a trip that will take you over rooftops, past Big Ben, and into the enchanted island of Never Land. Though the ride is short, and the line tends to be long, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll find Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland.

Also located in Fantasyland is the incredibly famous ride, It’s a Small World. Don’t let the infectious song stop you from getting in line for this ride because it really is delightful. You’ll climb aboard a slow-moving boat and drift along the water as you travel through various places in the world. What makes this ride so unique is the incredible set pieces, playful color palette, and fun music. Be sure to keep an eye out for Surfing Stitch from Lilo & Stitch!

If you’re going to go on just one ride while at Disneyland, let it be Space Mountain. Located in Tomorrowland, guests have been known to wait for hours to get on this ride – and all for good reason. This nearly pitch-black ride will have you riding along dips and drops and tight turns that will keep your adrenaline pumping. Set to catchy space music, this ride will have you wanting to get on again and again.

If you’re in a family-friendly hotel with affordable rates near Disneyland, get your tickets and come and enjoy your day at Disneyland!

Disneyland hosts some of the most iconic rides and attractions in the world
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA


Taste some Delicious Treats at Disneyland®!

While Disneyland® is known for its fun attractions, incredible firework displays, and a general air of magic, it is also known for its creative and delicious foods. Some of the things they offer can only be found at Disneyland®, so if you’re in an affordable family-friendly hotel close to Disneyland, visit the park and be sure to check out some of the things on this list!IMG_4441RS

The first thing you should try is the Dole Whip. Located at the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland, the Dole Whip soft serve is something your taste buds will thank you for. You can even get the Dole Whip in a pineapple juice float! This is a favorite treat at Disneyland® so don’t miss out.

Another great thing to try is the Peanut Butter and Jelly soda. Sounds strange, right? Unsurprisingly though, Disneyland has created a way to turn this after school snack into a delicious drink. IMG_4453RSThey serve grape soda infused with hints of peanut for a subtle combination. This one of a kind soda can be found at Carnation Café on Main Street. Speaking of interesting soda flavors, don’t forget to try the Rose Petal Soda at the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at California Adventure®.

The next thing on the list is for the adults. Want to take a break from all the fun? Head over to the Mendocino Terrace at the Pacific Wharf in California Adventure®. Here, you can purchase a wine and cheese box where you can pair your own wine with different types of cheeses – yum!

Looking instead for something for your sweet tooth? Then the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street is the just the stop for you. While there are many treats to be found here, try the Matterhorn Macaroon, a “mini-mountain” topped with snow “cream”. It’s cute and totally delicious.

Want an instant pick me up? Try the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich. While more cookie then sandwich, this treat is essentially peanut butter lathered over a graham cracker-like IMG_3359RSbase and covered in chocolate. What’s not to love? Grab one of these delicious treats at Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country. If you love chocolate, the Quake Shake is a must. Served at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at California Adventure®, there are six different variations of the shake but try the peanut butter shake – a full chocolate bar blended with peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. If you are looking for something fruity, try Mango Madness at Schmoozies at California Adventure®. It’s a blend of mangoes, bananas, peaches, low-fat yogurt, and orange, pineapple, guava and passion fruit juices – great for a hot day.

Which of these treats will you try on your next trip to Disneyland®?

Disneyland offers plenty of tasty treats for guests to enjoy!
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA



See Imagine Dragons Live at the Honda Center!

With summer in full swing, the days are warmer and the nights are longer, which means there are more opportunities to have fun. Lucky for you, the Honda Center always has something going on as it is the premier entertainment center in Anaheim. This summer season, there are many shows scheduled, one of them being the talented group Imagine Dragons. If you want to see Imagine Dragons perform live, head over to the Honda Center on Monday, July 20th. Tickets are on sale now!

Imagine Dragons are a relatively new band with their debut album Night Visions only coming out in 2012. They received great success, especially with their hit single “Radioactive”. In fact, Rolling Stone even named the single as the “biggest rock hit of the year”. Their catchy rock songs even earned them the title “The Breakthrough Band of 2013” according to Billboard and MTV named them “the year’s biggest breakout band”. Imagine Dragons has recently released their sophomore album entitled Smoke + Mirrors, which was released in 2014. In order to celebrate this release, the band has gone on tour to promote the album. The album contains songs such as “I Bet My Life”, “Gold”, and “Shots”. “I Bet My Life” debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. At the concert, except a high energy performance from frontman Dan Reynolds and many special effects revolving around the theme of smoke and mirrors. Other hit songs that the band will likely perform include “Radioactive”, “Demons”, “On Top of the World”, and “It’s Time”.

If you’re planning to stay at one of the hotels near the Honda Center, then make sure to get our Imagine Dragon tickets before they sell out. They will perform on Monday, July 20th and the show begins at 7:30pm. Canadian rock group Metric will open for the band. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or directly at the Honda Center. Tickets on the upper level terrace range from $29.50 – $49.50; standing room only tickets run for $70; lower level plaza tickets range from $49.50 – $69.50. Get your tickets today!

See the award-winning band live at the Honda Center
Starts: 07/20/2015 07:30 pm
2695 East Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA

Groove at the Sergerstrom Center with Motown: The Musical!

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa offers residents an opportunity to see a wide variety of performing arts. From dance performances to plays, there is always something to look forward to at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Currently, the center is hosting the production of Motown: The Musical. This upbeat musical will get you dancing in your seat and wanting to sing along. But don’t dally because this catchy musical will only be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Tuesday, June 16th through Sunday, June 28th before it continues its tour. Tickets are on sale now! With so much to day in Anaheim, visit the city for a day early and stay in an affordable family-friendly hotel in Anaheim close to the Segerstrom Center.

Motown is a special type of genre created by Berry Gordy in the late 1950s and continued through the 60s and 70s. It covers The Jacksons, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many more. This musical tells the story of Motown and the journey that Berry Gordy took to create this unique sound. His journey took him from featherweight boxer to music mogul and a life filled with success as well as betrayal. When you watch Motown: The Musical you will certainly be in for a treat as you’ll hear classic Motown hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “My Girl”, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, “Baby I Need Your Loving”, “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and many more!

The running time of Motown: The Musical is approximately 2 hours and 47 minutes. Tickets start at $29 and they can be purchased at the official Segerstrom Center for the Arts website at or at their box office. Tuesdays through Thursdays, showtimes are at 7:30pm. Saturdays, show times are at 2pm and 7:30pm. Finally, on Sundays, show times are at 1pm and 6:30pm.

Get ready for an amazing performance and enjoy the show!

Enjoy some of your favorite funk classics with this live stage performance
Starts: 06/16/2015 07:30 pm
Ends: 06/28/2015
600 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA


The Best Character Dining Restaurants at Disneyland®!

One of the things that makes Disneyland® so unique is that it allows for special opportunities for guests to meet with some of their favorite characters. While you can always travel around the park and hope to find various characters, you can take advantage of the fact that Disneyland® offers Character Dining Restaurants. At these restaurants, the characters come right to you as you are having your meal! This means you can avoid lines and get a more personal interaction with some of your favorite characters. Here are a few of the restaurants that you can visit for this interactive experience.

The Storytellers Café is located at the Disneyland® Resort and here, you can have breakfast with classic Disney® characters. At the Chip n Dale Critter Breakfast experience, you can enjoy buffet items, Mickey waffles, and more while seeing a number of characters (including characters that are often harder to find) such as Winnie the Pooh and other woodland critters.

Goofy’s Kitchen is located at the Disneyland Hotel and you can see characters during breakfast and dinner. Here, there is both table service as well as a buffet, with a lively ambiance. Get ready to dance when Goofy is around and enjoy the fun as he encourages lots of interaction. What makes Goofy’s Kitchen unique is that this is the only possibility to have a character dinner at the park.

Located inside the park is the Plaza Inn Restaurant. At this location, breakfast is served while you mingle with Minnie and her friends. There is indoor and outdoor seating but indoor seating tends to offer a little more interaction with the characters. Sitting outdoors however allows you to enjoy a nice view of the entrance to Tomorrowland.

The Surfs Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends is located at the Paradise Pier Hotel. At this beach-themed restaurant, you will get an extremely interactive experience with the characters and a visit from Mickey is a guarantee. The characters are known to cause fun mischief such as stealing sips of orange juice and acting silly in general.

If you’re in Orange County and are staying in one of the affordable hotels in Anaheim near Disneyland® then take a trip to Disneyland. Be sure to enjoy a delicious meal while interacting with some of your favorite Disney® characters!

Eat with your favorite Disney characters at Disneyland and California Adventure
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA

Don’t Miss the OC Greek Fest This Weekend!

The OC Greek Food Festival is one of the favorite festivals of both locals and visitors  in all of Orange County. Not only is it a great way to get out and spend time with the rest of the community, it is also a family friendly event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! The OC Greek Food Festival is more than just a great way to eat some delicious food; it is also a fun way to learn more about the Greek culture through a number of performances that will occur throughout the festival. At the Greek Food Festival, eat some food, enjoy fun carnival rides and games, listen to live music, and much more!

The event will take place from Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th at St. John’s Church. St. John’s Church is located at 405 N. Dale St. Anaheim, CA. Stay close to the Greek Fest at one of the popular Anaheim hotels with affordable room rates. Since one of the main attractions of the festival is the food, here’s a look at what you can expect to eat. At the courtyard, you can buy feta fries, gyros, chicken kabobs, calamari, hermes wings, roasted lamb dinner and more. At the cultural hall located at St. John’s Bistro, choose from fasolakia (Greek styled beans), pilaf (Greek style rice), grilled chicken, and more! After you eat, stroll through the plaka and look at all the vendors and souvenir booths. You’ll find artifacts, imported treasures, paintings, clothing, jewelry and more. Some of the cultural events to look forward to include traditional Greek folk dancing, live music, and more.

The hours of the OC Greek Food Festival is as follows: on Friday, May 15th the festival will be open from 3pm – 10pm; on Saturday, May 16th, the festival will be open from 12pn – 10pm; and on Sunday, May 17th, the festival will be open from 12pm – 10pm. Admission to the festival is only $3!

A celebration of Greek food and culture in Orange County.
Starts: 05/15/2015 03:00 pm
Ends: 05/17/2015
405 N. Dale Street
Anaheim, CA

Disneyland is going to Shine for the Diamond Celebration!

The Happiest Place on Earth is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary of being open to the public at its first location in Anaheim, California. In order to help celebrate this momentous event, Disneyland will be creating a number of special events during the Diamond Celebration – created in honor of the 60th anniversary. In order to kick off the Diamond Celebration, the park will be throwing a special, 24-hour party that will begin at 6am and will continue into the night and onto the next morning! This 24-hour party will be taking place on Friday, May 22nd so stop by if you’re in one of the family-friendly hotels walking distance to Disneyland.

Attending this 24-hour party is an event you won’t want to miss, as Disneyland will be pulling all the stops for this huge event! Some of the things that you can look forward to seeing include a brand new parade, a new fireworks display and a light show among many other things. One of the big things that Disneyland has been working on is their brand new nighttime parade, which they are calling “Paint the Night”. What makes “Paint the Night’ such a unique parade, aside from the fact that it will take place at night, is that it will consist of 1.5 million LED lights that will truly light up the night! The parade will consist of well-known characters from Disney movies such as Cars, Monsters Inc., Beauty and the Best, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and the recent hit Frozen. In addition to the “Paint the Night” parade, there will also be a brand new fireworks display, which is being called “Disneyland Forever”. In this new show, a new technology called “projection mapping technology” will be used. Essentially, this means that scenes from various Disney movies will be projected onto storefronts, the Matterhorn mountain, and the outside of the “It’s a Small World” ride while the fireworks display occurs. Be sure to get your tickets for the kick off to Disneyland’s 60th anniversary before they sell out!

Celebrate Disneyland's 60th Anniversary with new music, a revamped parade and an updated fireworks show!
Starts: 05/22/2015 06:00 am
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA